Sendmail Interview Questions And Answers
Here is a list of all Mostly Asked sendmail Interview Questions :
Q 1: – What is Sendmail ?
Ans: Sendmail is an MTA, meaning it accepts email messages sent to it using the SMTP proto-col and transports them to another MTA email server until the messages reach their destinations. It also accepts email for the local network and delivers them to local mail spools, one for each user.
Q 2: – What is the role of MUA ?
Ans: An MUA (Mail User Agent) with access to the mailbox file, directly or through a network file system, can read messages from the disk and display them for the user. This is generally a console or webmail application running on the server.
Q 3: – On which ports sendmail and senmail with SSL works ?
Ans: By default, Sendmail uses TCP and UDP port 25 for non-encrypted transfers. If the
Sendmail server is configured to use SSL for encrypting email sent and received, it uses
Q 4: – How to start sendmail server ?
Ans: service sendmail restart
Q 5 : – Explain use of “trusted-users” file ?
Ans: List of users that can send email as other users without a warning including
system users such as apache for the Apache HTTP Server.
Q 6 : – Explain the use of “local-host-names” file ?
Ans: If the email server should be known by different hostnames, list the host-
names in this file, one line per hostname. Any email sent to addresses at these
hostnames is treated as local mail. The FEATURE option must
be enabled in the sendmail.mc file for this file to be referenced.
Q 7: – Can we use SSL Encryption with Sendmail ?
Ans: Yes, Sendmail can be configured to encrypt email sent and received using SSL (secure sockets layer).
Q 8 : – explain the use of /etc/aliases file ?
Ans: /etc/aliases, can be used to redirect email from one user to another. By default, it includes redirects for system accounts to the root user. It can then be used to redirect all email for the root user to the user account for the system administrator.
Q 9: – Which are the important configuration files for Sendmail server ?
Ans: The /etc/mail/ directory contains all the Sendmail configuration files, with sendmail.cf and submit.cf being the main configuration files. The sendmail.cf file includes options for the mail transmission agent and accepts SMTP connections for sending email. The submit.cf file configures the mail submission program.
Q 10: – How to configure sendmail to accept mail for local delivery that is addressed to other hosts?
Ans: Create a /etc/mail/local-host-names file. Put into that file the hostnames and domain names for which sendmail should accept mail for local delivery. Enter the names with one hostname or domain name per line. And also make sure that Sendmail configuration file should contain “use_cw_file” option.
dnl Load class $=w with other names for the local host
Q 11 : - What is the name of spamassassin configuration file?
Q 12 : - How to check mail Queue of sendmail?
Ans: /usr/lib/sendmail -bp
Q 13 : - How to use m4 macro processor to generate a new sendmail.cf?
Ans: m4 /etc/mail/sendmail.mc > /etc/mail/sendmail.cf
Q 14 : - When an organization stores aliases on an LDAP server, how you will configure sendmail to read aliases from the LDAP server?
Ans: Use "sendmail -bt -d0" command to check the sendmail compiler options. If sendmail was not compiled with LDAP support, recompile and reinstall sendmail.
Add an ALIAS_FILE define, containing the string ldap to the sendmail configuration.
# Set the LDAP cluster value
# Tell sendmail that aliases are available via LDAP
Q 15 : - How to forward emails of a local user to external address?
Ans: Add an alias to the aliases file for each user whose mail must be forwarded to another system. The recipient field of the alias entry must be a full email address that includes the host part. After adding the desired aliases, rebuild the aliases database file with the newaliases command.
Q 16 : - In which Sendmail configuration file we have to make changes?
Ans: we will make the changes only in the sendmail.mc file, and the changes will be moved into the sendmail.cf file for us.
Q 17: - You have been asked to create a sendmail configuration that sends all local mail to a mail hub, while directly delivering mail addressed to external systems.
Ans: Create a sendmail configuration containing the MAIL_HUB define to identify the mail relay host for local mail. Use the LOCAL_USER command to exempt the root user's mail from relaying.
dnl Define a relay server for local mail
dnl Users whose mail is not passed to the mail hub
Rebuild and reinstall sendmail.cf, and then restart sendmail.
Q 18: - How to set 25 recipients for each email?
Q 19: - Which antivirus you have integrated with sendmail ?
Q 20: - What is Clamav-Milter?
Ans: Clamav-Milter is a tool to integrate sendmail and clamAV antivirus.
Q 21: - How to disable certain SMTP commands?
Ans: Add the confPRIVACY_FLAGS define to the sendmail configuration to set Privacy Options that disable unwanted, optional SMTP commands. Here we will disables the EXPN, VRFY, VERB, and ETRN commands.
dnl Disable EXPN, VRFY, VERB and ETRN
Rebuild and reinstall sendmail.cf, and then restart sendmail.
Q 22: - When Sendmail dispatches your email, it places the servers hostname behind your username, which becomes the "from address" in the email (ie. firstname.lastname@example.org).But we want to use the domain name and not the hostname?
Q 23: – What does /etc/mail/access file contains?
Ans: The access database (“/etc/mail/access”) is a list of IP addresses and domainnames of allowable connections.
access_db',hash -T<TMPF> -o /etc/mail/access.db’)dnl
and cat /etc/mail/access
Q 24: – How to restrict sendmail to sending a big file?
or If you are using a PHP based webmail application like SquirrelMail, you can adjust the max file size in php.ini file.
post_max_size = 50M
upload_max_filesize = 50M
memory_limit = 64M
Q 25: – Which configuration files are required to integrate sendmail and ClaimAV antivirus?
Ans: milter.conf and clamav-milter
Q 26: – How to test sendmail integration with ClaimAV?
Ans: grep Milter /var/log/maillog
You have to get following type of messages.
sendmail: Milter add: header: X-Virus-Scanned: ClamAV version 0.88.2, clamav-milter version 0.88.2 on mail.test.com
sendmail: Milter add: header: X-Virus-Status: Clean
Q 27: – Which tool you have used to block spamming?
Q 28: – What does “/etc/mail/” directory contains?
Ans: The /etc/mail/ directory contain all the Sendmail configuration files, with sendmail.cf and submit.cf being the main configuration files.
Q 29: – Explain the use of /etc/mail/relay-domains file?
Ans: The /etc/mail/relay-domains file is used to determine domains from which it will relay mail. The contents of the relay-domains file should be limited to those domains that can be trusted not to originate spam.